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- The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
- Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene ii]:
- So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather.
- The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
- He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
- He waited in anticipation of the arrival of Christmas.
- November 20, 1836, Samuel Thodey, The Honour Attached to Eminent Piety and Usefulness
- anticipation of that final hour which he had long contemplated as near at hand
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; […] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
- (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
- (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
- (music) A non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord.
- (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
- a. 1705, John Locke, “Of the Conduct of the Understanding”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: […], London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], published 1706, →OCLC, § 25, page 81:
- [M]any Men give themſelves up to the firſt anticipations of their minds, and are very tenacious of the Opinions that firſt poſſeſs them; [...]
the act of anticipating
eagerness for future occurrence
rhetoric — see prolepsis
hasty notion — see presupposition
- “anticipation”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “anticipation”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
anticipation f (plural anticipations)